The monsoon session of Parliament, which began on July 19, was adjourned indefinitely on Wednesday, two days ahead of its scheduled time. Due to the uproar by the opposition parties on various issues including the Pegasus espionage case and three agricultural laws, where only 22 per cent of the work was done in the Lok Sabha and only 28 per cent in the Rajya Sabha.
There was a stalemate in Parliament throughout the session, although all opposition parties in both the houses participated in the discussion on the Constitution Amendment Bill to give powers to the states to make the list of Other Backward Classes. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla told when the proceedings started in the morning that the sixth meeting of the 17th Lok Sabha started on 19 July 2021 and during this 21 hours 14 minutes of work was done in 17 sittings. “The functioning of the House has not been up to expectations,” he said.
Birla said that due to the disruption, about 74 hours of work could not be done in 96 hours. The Speaker said, “Only 22 per cent of the work was executed due to continuous disruption. He said that a total of 20 Bills including the Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill were passed during the session. Four new members took oath. Birla said that during the monsoon session 66 starred questions were answered orally and the members raised 331 matters under Rule 377. He said that during this period 60 reports were presented by various Standing Committees, 22 ministers made statements and a large number of papers were laid on the Table.
The approval of these bills in the Lok Sabha
During the Monsoon session, the Lok Sabha approved the Supplementary Demands for Grants for the year 2021-22 – Volume I and the Additional Demands for Grants for the year 2017-18 and Appropriation Bills related to them. The Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Amendment Bill 2021, the National Capital Territory and adjoining areas, the Air Quality Management Commission Bill 2021, were also passed in the lower house related to the Other Backward Classes.
The House has passed Taxation Laws Amendment Bill 2021, Tribunal Reform Bill 2021, Compulsory Defense Services Bill 2021, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management Bill 2021, Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Amendment Bill 2021, General Insurance Business Nationalization Amendment Bill, Central Universities Amendment Bill 2021 The National Commission for Homeopathy (Amendment) Bill 2021, the National Commission for Indian System of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill 2021, the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (Amendment) Bill 2021 and the Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2021 were also approved.
Uproar in Rajya Sabha too
The Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill related to OBCs was passed in Rajya Sabha today after a discussion for nearly six hours before the House was adjourned sine die. However, after this the opposition members started a ruckus on various issues. Three more bills were passed amid the uproar. After this, Deputy Chairman Harivansh announced the adjournment of the House indefinitely.
Earlier in the Upper House, all the parties had participated in the discussion regarding the situation of Kovid and during that time the house was functioning normally. Trinamool Congress member Shantanu Sen was suspended for the entire session for snatching and tearing her statement from the hands of Information and Technology Minister Aschini Vaishnav, who was giving a statement in the House on the Pegasus issue. According to the data provided by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, only 28 percent of the business was done in the current session. During this, 28 hours 21 minutes of work was done in the House and due to the uproar, the business of 76 hours 26 minutes was disrupted. During the session 19 Bills were passed and five Bills were introduced.